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2013
December
Theatre Ronin to stage literary music theatre based on works of three local writers
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     Theatre Ronin's latest play, "Memorandum: 10 Years. Han. Xiao", marks another innovative production following on from "P.E. Period 2.0". The play uses seven short stories selected from the works of three fiction writers - Hon Lai-chu's "The Biting Crowd", "A Chair" and "The Puppet"; Dorothy Tse's "Holidays" and "A Journey", and Lee Wai-yi's "Merry Christmas" and "Granny Red Flower" - to create a 10 year snapshot in the history of a city. Wielding its metaphorical tool with theatre as a "sword", Theatre Ronin transforms the written texts into literary music theatre, offering an evening of varied emotions in a new theatre experience blending live music, special stage effects and innovative performances.

     The production team includes Tam Hung-man as director, adaptation playwright and production designer; Dung Kai-cheung as literary consultant; Chester Wong as composer, live musician and devising performer; Wong Man-ho and Chan Siu-tung as live musicians and devising performers; and Shirley Tsoi, Ng Fung-ming, Lianna Tse as devising performers.

     Founded in 2006 by Tam Hung-man, who currently serves as Artistic Director, Theatre Ronin holds a one-year grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The company is dedicated to creating theatre productions imbued with local cultural characteristics and is inspired by Hong Kong literature. Its repertory includes "The Mariana Trench" (which enjoyed a third run in Beijing in 2013 as well as a premiere and re-run in Hong Kong), "Legend of the Ocean: La La & the Litter Castle", "P.E. Period 2.0", "My P.E. Period", "Landscape in the Mist" (premiered in Hong Kong with a re-run in Beijing in 2012), "Searching for Da Vinci", "Wilderness of Soul" and "To Be Continued".

     "Memorandum: 10 Years. Han. Xiao" by Theatre Ronin, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be staged at 8pm from January 23 to 25, 2014 (Thursday to Saturday) and at 3pm on January 25 and 26, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Tickets priced at $160 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For details of group booking discounts, please refer to programme leaflet.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325 (LCSD)/3971 0831 (Theatre Ronin); for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at www.urbtix.hk . For more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/theatre/program_424.html  or www.facebook.com/TheatreRonin  .

     A pre-performance talk (in Cantonese) will be held at 5pm on January 11, 2014 (Saturday) at Shops B1007-1010, B1/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Commercial Press Tsimshatsui Book Centre. Speakers include Dung Kai-cheung (literary consultant) and Tam Hung-man (artistic director of Theatre Ronin). Guest hosts include Hon Lai-chu, Tse Hiu-hung and Lee Wai-yi (novelists of original stories). Admission is free. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, please call 3971 0831 (Theatre Ronin).

     Post-performance talks will be held after the January 23 and 24 evening performances as well as the January 25 matinee performance.

Ends/Thursday, December 12, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:50

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